It was always exciting to go digging around in your grandparent’s attic as a kid. You never know what you might find; old photos, love letters and toys, maybe a treasure map to lost pirate gold.
Imagine if you got to dig around in all the old stuff the National Library of Medicine has laying around. Now you can catch a glimpse of their weird, wacky and wonderful collection.
Hidden Treasure: The National Library of Medicine is a beautiful and fascinating new book. Check out a New York Times review or have a look yourself. The book is available in the Isché Library stacks and as an EBook online from NLM.
NPR ran a story this morning about the troubling rise in diabetes rates in adolescents. According to a CDC study the rates of diabetes in youths aged 12-19 has risen alarmingly.
LSUHSC’s own Dr. Melinda Sothern commented in the story about the concerns of the high rates of diabetes in adolescent girls in particular:
These are teen girls — adolescent girls — who are going to become mothers in the next five to 10 years. And if their weight is not healthy, we’re going to have another generation of these children with metabolic problems that lead to diabetes and prediabetes
Obesity in children is a hot topic right now and is something that concerns all of us, not just those with children. A report on economic costs of diabetes states:
Approximately $1 in $10 health care dollars is attributed to diabetes. Indirect costs include increased factors such as absenteeism, reduced productivity, and lost productive capacity due to early mortality.
FYI, LSUHSC has another connection to the NPR story. The accompanying photo on NPR’s website was taken by Director of Information Services, Leslie Capo.
You can’t help but notice the striking sculptures by Enrique Alferez around town. Born in Mexico, he moved here in 1929 and made New Orleans his home for the next 70 years. The Ogden Museum of Art is currently hosting an exhibit celebrating the prolific artist.
The Created World of Enrique Alférez runs through April 2nd, 2012. But if you can’t make it to the Ogden, stretch your legs and come visit the Library Commons where you can view The Conquest of Yellow Fever.
Growing up, my mother always cooked her stuffing in the turkey. It was delicious, the stuffing not the turkey, that was more of a centerpiece. Little did we know back then that we were living on the edge.
Food poisoning will put a serious crimp in your Black Friday plans, my friend. If you cringe every time you see your Aunt Martha wipe down the counters with a sponge that has been in her sink since the pilgrims landed or you get queasy when you see your nephew touch every dinner roll with his grubby hands before putting one on his plate, check out this site and forward it with offending family members under the guise of sharing recipes.
And if you’re still one of the few who cook their stuffings in the bird, err on the side of caution and invest in a food thermometer. Who doesn’t need a new kitchen gadget anyway?
Louisiana ranks 48th nationwide in breastfeeding rates? For shame, ladies. These things aren’t just for show, you know.
Breastfeeding reduces obesity in children and builds stronger immune systems. Sure, everyone knows how great breastfeeding is for babies but did you know a mother can burn 500 calories a day breastfeeding? What other time in your life can you lose weight while relaxing in a comfy chair.
During World Breastfeeding Week check out all the benefits of breastfeeding and what resources are available locally for all the hot mammas out there.
The LSU Medical Center Catalog/Bulletin is now available for viewing online under Academic Catalog under Online Resources A-Z. You can look at course offerings, requirements and faculty rosters from 1996-2011. Catalogs previous to 1996 will also be available for viewing when the digitization project is complete.
In honor of National Hand Washing Week, December 5-11, remember that washing your hands is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of disease and infection. Wash up for 20 seconds every time you sneeze, cough, blow your nose, and after you use the restroom. People notice when you don’t. And we talk. Check out the Center for Disease Control’s site for more information.
Are your library skills a little rusty? Come to one of our General Library Orientation classes and learn about the our resources, how to search the online catalog and PubMed, and how to request an Interlibrary Loan. The schedule is now posted for October-December. Contact Carolyn Bridgewater for more information.
Check out this cool site from The National Library of Medicine.
No, I’m not talking about the Wii. This summer Nintendo will introduce a new program for the DS system. My Weight Loss Coach comes with a pedometer, mini quizzes and challenges designed to motivate and reward users for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Get a leg up on your classmates and check out www.getbodysmart.com. Created by an anatomy teacher, this website is a great resource for learning about the skeletal system, muscle tissue physiology and the nervous system among other subjects. The animated drawings, diagrams and interactive quizzes will help you ace your next exam.
The library is currently accepting applications for a new student worker. Stop by the Circulation Desk to pick one up or call Remeika Fobb-Daniels at 568-6100 after 4pm for details.
According to the January issue of the European Heart Journal, moderate drinkers (1-14 drinks per week) who engage in leisure-time physical activities lower their risks of fatal heart disease. So, get off that streetcar and walk to the parades and don’t forget the key words: moderate drinkers.
If you want to read the whole article we have it available full-text online through our card catalog, INNOPAC.
The library is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Sabrina Caston. Sabrina will be joining the Circulation staff. She is a native New Orleaninan and graduated from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Welcome Sabrina.
…of the library. We are here to help. Whether you are new to the library or just want a refresher course sign up for one of our upcoming library instruction classes:
Introduction to RefWorks
Monday 11-05-07 12pm-1pm
Writing a paper? Let reference librarian, Molly Knapp show you how to create a bibliography in seconds by importing references from PubMed and other resources into this web-based bibliography and database manager.
General Library Systems
Tuesday 11-06-07 1:30pm-3:00pm
Start at the beginning. Learn how to navigate INNOPAC, the library’s online catalog, search PubMed , and become familiar with ILLiad, the library’s interlibrary loan system in this class taught by reference librarian, Carolyn Bridgewater.
Show Us Your Resources
Wednesday 11-07-07 12pm-1pm
Plug in to our resources from the comfort of your home, office or favorite coffeehouse. Reference librarian, Kathy Kerdolff will lead you on a tour of the library’s electronic resources including online textbooks, PDA downloads, and USMLE and board review resources.
All classes will be held in the Library Computer Lab, room 401-K. Call the library at 568-6100 or stop by the Circulation Desk to register. Spaces are limited so don’t delay, call today.